Occasionally, an injury can mash a card, but the UFC may catch a break at this point. The promotion verified that Davis is out of the main event at UFC 133 together with a wound and at this time the exploration is on for alternate to face Rashad Evans.
There aren’t lots of big names obtainable. A champion just 10 days before at UFC 132, Tito Ortiz was proposed and said not thanks and clarified through Twitter:
“I have a life and things to take care of. The fight game is about making the right choices of my career. If you knew what I have been going through you all would understand. Peaking for a fight is what makes a fighter unstoppable! Timing is everything in life. This is a rebuild year for me not do or die. The time will come again!”
Lyoto Machida is the most obvious candidate. Machida, having a record of 17-2, 9-2 UFC, last fought in late April. It got him just 65 seconds to knockout out Randy Couture at UFC 129. At this time, Machida and his organization team have to make a decision if he should get a battle on 25 days perceive adjacent to a guy he already destroyed.
Machida created one of the nastier knockouts in UFC history when he got away Evans’ UFC light heavyweight title back at UFC 98. Evans having a record of 15-1-1, 10-1-1 UFC, attempted to counter-strike with one of the best counter-strikers in the world, and was left warped and out cold on the floor.
Evans still changed teaching camps even after a programmed battle with Jon Jones, former training partner, who went by the curb. He’s now working mainly out of Imperial Athletics in Boca Raton, Fla.
Machida employed many of fakes and laid back. Hopefully, we could see what Mike Van Arsdale and Brazilian Top Team can bring to the table.
If Machida says no, who’s the next best choice? Would Evans agree to face Rich Franklin or Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who are already scheduled to have a battle each other on the UFC 133 undercard? A Strikeforce fighter such as Gegard Mousasi (scheduled to have a battle at DREAM 17 this weekend) only isn’t high outline sufficient to put in a major occasion in the UFC.